A Case for Kindness sale to support asylum seekers

HELPING HAND: Horsham mothers Alison Briggs-Miller and Larissa Riddell have arranged a suitcase rummage to take a stand against the Federal Government's treatment of asylum seekers. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

HELPING HAND: Horsham mothers Alison Briggs-Miller and Larissa Riddell have arranged a suitcase rummage to take a stand against the Federal Government's treatment of asylum seekers. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

TWO Horsham mothers are making a stand against the Federal Government's treatment of asylum seekers.

Alison Briggs-Miller and Larissa Riddell have organised A Case for Kindness, a suitcase rummage to raise money for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and Wimmera groups supporting refugees.

Miss Riddell said the idea was for people to fill a suitcase or two with quality items they no longer needed and bring them to the event at Horsham Uniting Church's hall at 10am on August 9.

She said people would have time on the day to empty their cases and have a look at what other people brought.

Then a bell would sound, and people would be able to refill their suitcases with newfound treasures.

"There is a $10 entry fee, so anyone who comes with their case pays $10 at the door, which will go directly to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and other Wimmera organisations," Miss Riddell said.

She recommended people bring a few extra coins on the day for coffee, cakes and tea.

"This is our way of saying we don't agree with what the Abbott government is doing," she said.

"I guess sometimes you feel a bit helpless when you're faced with government decisions, but you can always do something to help, no matter how small."

Mrs Briggs-Miller said the event was inspired by current affairs and people's reactions on social media.

"A lot of my friends are definitely concerned about what's going on and what it says about Australia," she said.

"I can't imagine what it must be like to be persecuted or tortured or facing civil or international war and seek asylum, and then be treated the way asylum seekers are being treated.

"There is a real push to keep people out and I just don't agree with it."

High Court proceedings regarding 153 asylum seekers being detained Amnesty International and the United Nations have slammed the Federal Government for its management on board an Australian customs ship at sea are continuing.

Mrs Briggs-Miller said people could call her on 0431 916 614 or Larissa on 0409 827 823 to register for A Case for Kindness.

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